As divorced or separated parents navigate the idea of child custody and separation from their children, emotions intensify and often become volatile and contentious.
Co-parenting is often difficult as parents must work with their former partners to make joint decisions regarding their children. Working with a parenting coordinator can help ease the tension.
What is a parenting coordinator?
A parenting coordinator is a third party in parenting decisions who keeps the focus on the well-being of the children. Similar to a mediator in divorce mediation, a parenting coordinator is a neutral party whose goal is to find solutions that work for everyone without needing court intervention.
What issues can a parenting coordinator help with?
A parenting coordinator can help with multiple custody issues, including parenting time, when and where to exchange children for visitation, childcare choices and disciplinary decisions. They can also help with small modifications to agreed-upon parenting plans and help to maintain communications between parents who cannot communicate with each other.
How does a parenting coordinator work?
The parenting coordinator meets directly with the parents to discuss the parenting issues they wish to address. They will work to help the parents reach an agreement, and when an agreement is not possible, they will make a recommendation. The word of the parenting coordinator is not a final decision. If you disagree with a recommendation from the parenting coordinator, you can seek court intervention regarding any custody issue.
Family court assigns parenting coordinators in cases where parents cannot resolve issues themselves. Assignment of a parenting coordinator may occur during an initial custody hearing or at any time after divorce when co-parenting becomes contentious and problematic.